Dead End Kid

Album: Sinematic (2019)
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  • "Dead End Kid" was an expression that was around when Robbie Robertson was growing up - it refers to someone who gets in trouble all the time. Many thought the teenage Robertson was heading that way. He explained to Uncut magazine: "Part of my family came from the Indian Six Nations reserve. It was really tough to get anywhere if that was your background. On the other side, there were mostly Jewish gangsters. Even when I joined Ronnie Hawkins when I was 16, I clearly remember him telling me, 'You'd be doing time if I hadn't hired you.' I would laugh and go, 'Oh no, no.' But there were definitely a good chance that I could have just gone down the wrong street one night."

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